World No. 23 and number two seed, Petra Martic of Croatia will take on Wang Qiang of China, the world 48, in the quarter-final of the 2021 Parma Open on Thursday, May 20. Get the live streaming options of this Petra Martic v Wang Qiang match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Petra Martic v Wang Qiang Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in the second round of the French Open in 2018, when Wang thrashed the Croat in straight sets, dropping just two games in the process.
Martic Continuing Her Recent Good Form
Martic has continued the good form on clay that saw her reach the semi-finals of the Rome Open last week.
Having seen off the challenge of the Russian Varvara Gracheva of Russa in the first round, she turned her attention to another Russian, Ludmila Samsonova, the world 105 on Wednesday.
The firsts et was dominated by swerve, with only two break points earned during the regular course of the match, neither of which could be converted.
That meant a tie-break and Samsonova was the first to drop a point on her own serve, only for her to immediately hit back to level again.
However, when she dropped her serve for the second time, Martic was able to serve out.
Growing in confidence, Martic again broke her opponent early in the second set, and she consolidated from there. When Samsonova served to stay in the match, the Croat forced two more break points, the second of which she took.
Qiang’s Best Run of the Year So Far
Wang did not enter this tournament in good form, having won just three matches all year, just one of them on clay.
However, she has belied that form with two good victories, although she has benefitted from a kind draw in Parma.
She began with a match against the Japanese world ranked 82, Misaki Doi, with Wang taking the first set easily. Doi though hit back to level the match, before the Chinese woman reasserted her authority and took the third set for the loss of just one game.
Her reward was match-up with the Italian qualifier, Martina Di Giuseppe, making a rare appearance in a senior WTA event.
The first set was messy with both women struggling, characterised by the fourth game when the Italian had seven break points and could not convert any of them.
She was already a break down by then, and the cost of her profligacy was shown when she fell a further break behind, She got one of them back, but it was not enough to stop Wang taking the set.
Di Giuseppe seemed to have fought her way back into the match when she found herself a break up in the second set, but her nerve failed her and Wang was not only able to level but break her again to nose ahead.
Qiang was able to close out the contest from there.
Petra Martic v Qaing Wang Prediction and Tip
Wang may have won their previous match on clay easily, but did not reflect Martic’s ability at the time, and she is a much better player these days. The Croat will start favourite to continue her good recent form.